On September 28 through 30 the arts explode into activity across Canada for the third year of this national celebration of culture. All events are free and engage the public in some way. Culture Days allows people an opportunity to participate in a wide range of art forms representing a wealth of cultural heritage. People are invited to create, dance, play, learn or witness behind-the-scene activity introducing them to hundreds of artists and arts organizations in their own backyard.
Neighbourhood Arts Network (a project of Toronto Arts Foundation) gets involved again this year partnering with Culture Days and the Toronto Public Library to present Culture Days @ the Library. Over 40 events are scheduled to take place in 35 libraries across the city.
Many TAC supported arts organizations will also be taking this opportunity to offer outreach activities, including the Canadian Opera Company, Hanniford Street Silver Band, Reel Asian Film Festival, Young People’s Theatre, Array Music, Korean Dance Studies Society of Canada and many more. As of today 1,413 activities and events are registered across the province. One third (469) are scheduled in the large urban centres including Toronto, while another one-quarter (347) are planned in the smaller cities. Another two hundred smaller and rural communities are planning 600 activities.
For all those arts organizations and individual artists participating, Culture Days provides Marketing Tools including a wide range of promotional materials. New this year is the large “Bright Spot” decal to be posted at the entrance or in the window of the venue indicating that a Culture Days activity is taking place inside. Participants can pick up decals for free at the Toronto Arts Council, 141 Bathurst Street between 9:30am and 5pm Monday through Friday.
It is not too late to register an event at www.culturedays/en. Registered events are visible on the interactive Culture Days map.
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